Let me first apologize for the quality of the photos in this and the next post. These pictures were taken with a very old camera and had to be scanned. A very dear friend of my mom was going to be a first-time grandmother and wanted me to crochet a baby blanket set for her grandchild. I was so excited and created a gorgeous set for her. It consisted of a blanket in a waffle stitch pattern with bernat baby soft yarn in soft yellow and shimmering white, a sleeveless yellow top made with bernat baby soft yarn in yellow and embroidery all around the garment with a daisy-like flowered button on top, a tam hat in same yarn and a handsome stuffed teddy bear in brown and yellow. She was very pleased with the set and I was thrilled to say the least! See for yourself!
When I was pregnant with my last child I had to crochet something for her because I did nothing for my other two children. The quality of the photos are not the best but the items came out beautifully nonetheless. The blanket is from a snowflake pattern made from bernat baby soft yarn in white and the stuffed animals (Bob the elephant and Doris the bunny) were amigurumis made from knitted worsted yarn in blue (Bob), and yellow and white (Doris).
I had an order for a child's cardigan and so I made one for my daughter first to see how it will look. It turned out great! Hers was made with caron simply soft yarn in autumn red and fun fur in white for the edging. Doesn't she look adorable!
The super bowl is here and I wanted to make something sweet and Bahamian for the family. I already planned to have boil fish, grits and johnny bread for breakfast and wanted to keep that same Caribbean theme throughout the day. So, guava cheesecake was IT!! My cousin sent me native guavas from the Bahamas and I couldn't wait to do something different with it. If you can ever get your hands on some good guavas, try this recipe. It makes a great difference in taste compared to the canned guavas. It was delicious!!
1-1 1/2 cups cooked peeled cooled guava flesh (1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1 tsp vanilla)
4 -8oz cream cheese
11/2 cups sugar
3/4 cups milk (room temp.)
4 eggs (room temp)
1 cup sour cream
1/4 cup flour
15 graham crackers
2 tbsp. butter, melted
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup guava pulp
3-4 tbsp condense milk (more if you want it sweeter)
2 tsp brandy
1 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 350. Combine crust ingredients and place in 10-in. removable bottom pan on bottom and sides of pan. Bake in oven for 5 mins. Take out and cool.
Meanwhile fill a pan with water and place in bottom rack of oven decreasing the temp. to 300 degrees. This will create a moist atmosphere for your cheesecake.
Mix cream cheese with sugar until smooth. Blend in milk and eggs one at a time. Combine in small bowl the sour cream, flour, guavas and vanilla. Mix this with cream cheese and be careful not to over mix. Pour in crust and bake for 1 hour. Turn off oven and leave cheesecake in there for 3 -5 hours. Do not open door! This will help your cheesecake not to crack on top.
If you like a sauce to accompany your cheesecake, you can take the pulp from the guava and mix in the condense milk and cook on stove. At the end, add rum and vanilla. For garnish, you can take a little cooked guava and decorate on each slice. Enjoy!
My best friend and her husband came to my hometown to see the Dallas Cowboys' game. As a surprise, I crocheted scarves for the both of them. It was really cold when they arrived, so it was a great benefit to them. I believe it accompanied their outfits quite lovely as well! Anyway, I was able to get one photo of her in the scarf. It is made with caron simply soft yarn in off white and grey heather. Thanks a lot for the photo Moya - love it!! :-)
I saw an amazing piece on dainty loops' website called chain circles. So, I decided to experiment in making something on a smaller scale for my teenage daughter. Whether you want a cowl, skinny scarf, or just making a fashion statement, it is a very versatile piece and can be worn in many ways. Here are a few styles in which it can be worn. I'm sure you can think of many more ways to wear it! It is made with caron simply soft yarn in berry blue.
My daughter wanted this two ball crochet hat that she saw on the lion brand website. So, I started crocheting only to find out that it was way too big for her head. I decided to continue crocheting because I wanted to keep it. Well, before I completed the hat I noticed that it was going to be too big for my head so I skipped some stitches and decreased the pattern to fit my head. I decided to give the pattern another try by decreasing the amount of chains, but then it was too small for her head. I then gave it to my youngest daughter. I decided to try one more time and I was able to finally get it right! She did not want to be viewed on the site, so I photographed me and my youngest daughter wearing the hats. Mine was made from caron simply soft yarn in black and my daughter's hat was made with knitted worsted yarn in light blue. Hope you like them!
The best way to describe me is a person who loves to make others happy. Whether I bake something sweet to eat to satisfy the soul, or crochet something to wear to warm the body, I aim to please those around me! This gives me joy and a sense of fulfillment that I have done my part in making others happy!